Heritage Open Days 2020 – Calling all Wakefield heritage organisations and filmmakers!

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,000 organisations, 5,500 events and 46,000 volunteers every year.

Places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. There are guided walks, talks and a host of other activities that give people a chance to see and explore hidden places and try out new experiences – and everything is offered free of charge.

This year, Heritage Open Days runs from 11th to 20th September but, because of the Covid epidemic, it won’t be possible to make all the usual arrangements for tours and property openings. While some face-to-face events will happen while respecting government guidelines on social distancing, 2020’s Heritage Open Days programme will also see a move to offering more events on-line. One of the things we are keen to explore is this year’s national Heritage Open Days theme of ‘Hidden Nature’.

Communities are being asked to celebrate the stories of the places and spaces that are important to them in new and innovative ways. Visitors will be able to participate in activities much further afield to explore even more hidden places and local gems from the comfort and security of their armchair.

Here at Wakefield Civic Society we are committed to running a programme of events and activities that will be screened on-line. Some of these events will be delivered as webinars but we have also created a Vimeo Showcase where we are proposing to host short films exploring Wakefield’s rich architectural and cultural heritage.

Much of the content we post in the Vimeo Showcase will be created by the Society itself but we’d like to extend an invitation to other organisations, filmmakers and creatives who would like to post short films of original work (ideally around 5-10 minutes in length) that explore Wakefield’s built and natural environment. Full credit will, of course, be given to anyone whose work we feature and you will retain full copyright control of your material outside the Heritage Open Days period.

If you are interested, please get in touch – email Kevin Trickett at info@wakefieldcivicsociety.org.uk for more information or to discuss your ideas.

For more information on Heritage Open Days, please visit their website: https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/